Publisher's Note:  

In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott-who never had a romance-write so convincingly of love and heart-break without experiencing it herself?

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career-and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

by Kelly O'Connor McNees

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Overall Review:  

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott is the quintessential summer read. Smart and eloquent, readers will be enchanted from the very first page. Author Kelly O'Connor McNees conjures up a love story so spectacular, I often felt weak in the knees.


Lost Summer's content is vivid, intelligent and impeccably researched. A fascinating Author's Note at the end of the story separates fact from fiction. While the plot is brimming with the exploits of spunky Louisa, the tale also explores the themes of duty, passion, sacrifice, love and being true to oneself. Fans of Alcott's Little Women will adore this book!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 6 religious exclamations, 1 mild obscenity


Violence/Gore: A character imagines two women fighting; a man is slapped; a character recalls the carnage of nursing during the Civil War; a character dies in a non-detailed scene of violent death. 


Sex/Nudity: A few incidents of kissing and sexual references; a report of sexual activity by unmarried adults, no details.

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Death of friends and family members, financial distress, family hardship

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Mention of taverns and men "partial to drink". The notion of "free love" is briefly mentioned. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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